Seattle man charged with murder, accused of setting house fire that led to teen son’s death

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Sara Jean Green

Seattle Times reporter

King County prosecutors on Friday charged a 38-year-old Seattle man with first degree domestic violence murder and accused him of deliberately starting a house fire that claimed the life of his 14-year-old son.

Mohamed Abdi was arrested in Shoreline on Tuesday and is being held on bail for $ 2 million. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Jabriel Isaq as the boy who died.

“The defendant set his own home on fire in the middle of the night when several members of his family were sleeping in their beds,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Terence Carlstrom on indictment papers, including his son, who died of inhalation injuries. “He walked away from the tangled residence while his family made their escape and continued on as fire and police vehicles passed him on their way to his residence.”

Abdi is due to be indicted on February 17th. It is not yet clear from the court files which lawyer is representing him.

According to the charges, Seattle firefighters responded to a house fire in the 9300 Block of 39th Avenue South just before 4 a.m. on January 22nd and found the residence was on fire. Five of the house’s seven residents were outside in their nightwear when firefighters arrived. The family told firefighters that a 14-year-old boy was trapped inside.

Firefighters took the boy out and he died four days later at Harborview Medical Center.

Investigators found evidence that an accelerator was used to start a fire on the first floor of the house and two partially melted gasoline cans were found on the patio in front of a sliding glass door, the indictments say.

Video surveillance from the neighborhood showed a man, later identified as Abdi, walking north on Carkeek Drive South, southeast of the house, less than two minutes before the first Seattle Fire Department trucks arrived.